A 52 Week Autobiography Through Music – Week 16 – The Residents
Thinking back to when I was 14 or 15 I am surprised at how quickly I took to the residents. I chalk it up to the accessibility of Tunes of Two Cities, the first of their albums I heard. There was something light about it (at least about the half that was the Mole’s Music) and listening to that album first made me a Residents fan and therefor made me willing to listen to their other records. The early albums are pretty dark, dissonant and of dubious recording quality yet the creativity is astounding. These guys - whoever they are/were are fearless. Although the music is odd and challenging I had already been exposed to enough challenging music before that I was able to sense when something was done with a clear intention and creative spirit and in that sense was worth paying attention to. I loved the Residents for being the thing that didn’t fit anywhere within the other genres of music I listened to at the time, Their music stood very much on its own for me - and still does.